Working in any space or void with limited
access for entry and exit can readily create
or aggravate a hazardous exposure, OSHA says.
Approaching the life-threatening task of working in a confined space demands strict adherence to best practices and regulatory requirements—protocols that will be discussed in a free upcoming webinar presented by JPCL and SSPC.
The Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings and the Society for Protective Coatings will present "Confined Space Safety” from 11 a.m. to noon EDT March 16.
The webinar will describe basic regulatory requirements and accepted industry practice for entering confined spaces and for conducting surface preparation and coating work inside them. The hazards will be clearly described, and safety controls will be explained. Participants may register here free.
About 1.6 million people enter confined spaces annually, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Compliance with relevant federal regulations would avert 53 worker deaths, 5,000 lost-day cases, and 5,700 other accidents annually, OSHA says.
The program is part of the JPCL/SSPC Webinar Education Series, which provides continuing education for SSPC recertifications and technology updates on important topics.
Wednesday Webinar: Respiratory Protection
On Wednesday, March 9, the JPCL-SSPC Webinar Education Series will present "Developing an OSHA-Compliant Respiratory Protection Program" from 11 a.m. to noon EST. The program was rescheduled from Feb. 23, due to technical difficulties.
Webinar presenter Stan Liang, of KTA-Tator Inc., will address a variety of approaches to controlling worker exposure to respiratory hazards, such as ventilation or other engineering controls, job rotation or other administrative controls, and respiratory protection. The webinar will include a discussion of when OSHA permits the use of respiratory protection. Participants may register here free.
SSPC is an accredited training provider for the Florida Board of Professional Engineers (FBPE), and Professional Engineers in Florida may submit SSPC Webinar Continuing Education Units to the board. Those who wish to do so must download the FBPE CEU form and pass the Webinar Exam. The cost of the test is $25. Registration is available through the SSPC MarketPlace.
4 Free Coatings Webcasts Available
Four free webcasts are now available at www.paintsquare.com/webinars.
“Containment and Disposal of Waste Water in UHP Operations,” presented Feb. 22 by Richard Burgess of KTA-Tator Inc., focuses on current management practices for the containment and disposal of waste generated by High Pressure Waterjetting and Ultra High Pressure Waterjetting.
HPWJ and UHPWJ are increasingly being used in industrial painting for surface preparation of steel surfaces, including the removal of coatings containing lead and other heavy metals. Such applications carry the same responsibilities and obligations for waste management as abrasive blast cleaning.
“Advances in Polyurethane and Polyurea Technology,” presented Feb. 22 by Jay Helsel of KTA-Tator Inc., describes the basic chemistries of polyurethanes, polyureas and hybrids, as well as enhanced performance properties from recent advancements in these technologies.
“Monitoring Environmental Conditions for Cleaning and Painting Operations,” presented Feb. 23 by Bill Corbett of KTA-Tator Inc., addresses the procedures associated with monitoring prevailing conditions of air and surface temperatures, relative humidity, dew point temperature and wind speed before and during surface preparation and coating installation.
“Assuring Fall Protection When Working at Heights,” presented Feb. 24 by Bill Liang of KTA-Tator Inc., provides an overview of what employers should consider when implementing a safety program to control workplace fall hazards. The OSHA Construction Industry Fall Protection Standard requires that workers be protected from fall hazards—the leading cause of death in the workplace. In addition to compliance with OSHA, proper planning for and use of fall protection is critical to protect workers from this hazard.